Online Essay Contest Offers California Lovers a Free Weekend at a Napa Valley Cottage

SONOMA, Calif., Jan. 30 /PRNewswire/ — Here’s a heads-up for California lovers looking to do something different this Valentine’s Day: They can enter BeautifulPlaces’ essay competition to win a free two-day Valentine’s Weekend stay at a 2BR/1BA cottage in St. Helena, the heart of Napa Valley.

The house, fronted by an award-winning English rose garden, is surrounded by flowers, herb plants and fruit trees. The backyard has a patio, barbecue and outdoor fireplace, and the interior features oak floors, a fireplace and queen beds in both bedrooms. St. Helena’s charming downtown is a short walk away.

The competition sponsor, BeautifulPlaces (, will also offer a dinner for two ($60 value) at a Napa Valley restaurant.

How to Win: Write up to 150 words on, “Why I Want to Spend a Free Weekend in Wine Country With My Sweetie.” Entries will be judged on the basis of originality. BeautifulPlaces will declare a winner on Saturday, February 5, and publish the winning entry on its web site. (If the winner requests, his/her name will not be published.)

Send entries to: Include your name, e-mail address and evening phone number

Final day to enter: Friday, Feb. 4, 2005.

Contest Rules:

* Accommodations are for two people only
* Entrants must be over 21
* One entry per person
* Winners must provide their own transportation to and from Napa Valley,
as well as food and entertainment.

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